The two super SUVs go head-to-head.

This whole luxury SUV thing has reached new heights in recent years. While Porsche dominated the niche segment for years, it was recently joined by the likes of Maserati and Alfa Romeo; but there are two new top dogs from Bentley and Lamborghini.

Both companies share a parent in Volkswagen, and both ride on similar platforms, but how exactly do the two compare to one another?

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The cars

As we've established, both are similar, but at the same time they're poles apart. The Bentley is very much the one answering all the questions in class, while the Lamborghini is the more popular brother who captains the soccer team. The Bentayga's focus is on luxury, while the Urus defines the S for sport in SUV – you can tell it comes from a family of supercars rather than cruisers and limousines like the Bentley.

The numbers

  Bentley Bentayga Lamborghini Urus
Price $200,000 $200,000
Engine 6.0-liter, biturbo W12 4.0-liter, biturbo V8
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Drivetrain four-wheel-drive four-wheel-drive
Power 600 hp at 5,000-6,000 rpm 650 hp at 6,000 rpm
Torque 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) 627 lb⋅ft (850 Nm)
0-62 mph 4.1 sec 3.6 sec
Top speed 187 mph (301 kph) 190 mph (306 kph)
Seats 4 4
Length 5,141 mm (202.4 inches) 5,112 mm (201.2 inches)
Width 1,998 mm (78.7 inches) 2,016 mm (79.37 inches)
Height 1,742 mm (68.6 inches) 1,638 mm (64.5 inches)
Wheelbase 2,995 mm (117.7 inches) 3,003 mm (118.23 inches)
Weight 2,440 kg (5,379 lbs) 2,200 kg (4,850 lbs)

Which one wins? 

It's a tough one. Both cut from the same cloth, and both very closely matched. The Lamborghini wins it in the looks department, but only just – neither are desperately beautiful.

Overall the winner would have to be the Bentley Bentayga. It has a range of powertrain options with V8 and hybrid choices also available in addition to the standard W12, while the base price is lower – although don't let that fool you, you'll want to option yours up a bit.

While there's no doubt both have been introduced to boost the coffers of Bentley and Lamboghini, the Urus will be the Italian brand's cheapest and most accessible option. As for Bentley, they'll still be selling thousands of Continental GTs to tick that box.

Galleries

Gallery: Bentley Bentayga

Gallery: 2018 Lamborghini Urus: First Drive